I’m In The Mood

I am absolutely over the moon that today is Christmas Eve.

Jared and I both have to work today, but tonight we’ll go to church with the kids and Hilly.  After church, we’ll come home to have chilli and appetizers, just like we do every year on Christmas Eve.  Of course, this is the first time in 10 years that we’ll be doing it without my mother and brothers – but we’ll be thinking about them, and carrying on my mother’s traditions just the same.

Tomorrow morning we’ll open presents and then get ourselves cleaned up to head over to Adam‘s house for his big family/friend Christmas extravaganza.  There will be aunts and uncles and cousins and presents and way too much food, just like there is every year on Christmas Day.  Of course, this is the first time in 10 years that we’ll be doing all of that without Jared’s parents and brothers – but we’ll be thinking about them, and carrying on the tradition of spending Christmas with an extended family just the same.

This year will be different than the last 10 Christmases that Jared and I have spent together, but the mood this morning is exactly the same.

Warmth.  Excitement.  Anticipation.  The odd desire to run out and hug a stranger and spread peace and cheer and goodwill to anyone you possibly can.

And so, this is Christmas.

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  1. avitable says:

    Let me know how that running out and hugging a stranger thing goes!! Last time I tried it, I got 1-2 years with good behavior.

  2. Kristin says:

    Merry Christmas Britt, Jared, Devin and Emma!
    Love you guys!

  3. Finn says:

    And so it is. Merry Christmas to you all!

  4. i have that desire to hug strangers every day. difficult to fight, ain’t it?

    merry, merry christmas to you and your family. may it be magical.

  5. Ren says:

    Merry Christmas!

  6. Sybil Law says:

    Merry Christmas!! xo

  7. Merry Christmas, and enjoy the warm weather! It’s 34 degrees here in CT!

  8. Bre says:

    Sending Christmas love from Iowa!

  9. Poppy says:

    Merry Christmas, Britt, Jared, Devin, and Emma!!!!

  10. Karen says:

    Merry Christmas.

  11. MB says:

    I hope the stranger you run out to hug isn’t Hilly’s spunky friend. ;)

    I hope you and the family have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!


  12. I got hugged by a stranger today (one of our customers). It was really nice.

    Merry Christmas Britt, Jared, Devin and Emma.
    PS: Santa brought me a Wii!

  13. Walter says:

    I wish Christmas would always be in our hearts even after the season. Merry Christmas. :-)

  14. Selma says:

    Merry Christmas to you all. Much love XXX

  15. RebeccaLand says:

    Best to you and your family in 2010. I do very much enjoy/learn from your writing. Thank you for sharing. I hope one day I’ll be able to be a writer like you.

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